Stephanie Doble - Engineer Training Programme, Substations
Right now we're on a training course called transformers and reactors, we're learning how the different parts of a power transformer are maintained, how they work, things that can go wrong with them - that sort of thing so we're getting to take them apart and see the insides so we can see how they really work.
As an engineering trainee I'm going through this training and once that's finished we're going to end up in our local substation teams. So each team looks after maybe four, five or six substations and they're attached to a wider area. So in my team I'm going to be working on the gear, doing switching and also safety docs and hopefully also being a project lead on maintenance projects and that sort of thing.
Before I joined National Grid I was working as a software programmer for a finance company, although that was good because I was getting in-depth knowledge of the subject and it was technical, I didn't really enjoy that it was so office based. It lacked the practicality which was something that I wanted out of my job.
As part of the training scheme we have an academic side to it as well and for that we go away to college or to uni, and there's lecturers there that teach us all the modules of that part of it. For the practical courses we do them here at Eakring, you've got trainers who are really experienced, they're guiding what you're doing and if you have any questions you can always ask them and they have such depth of knowledge. You often get even more info than you asked for but as much as you need, basically.